Friday, July 9, 2010

The Best of Periodically Anachronistic, The Stylus

Copyright 2009 by Stuart J. Koblentz, all rights reserved.
Conceived in the wee hours of the 1840s as "The Stylus" by the great Edgar Allen Poe, this journal was to celebrate all the things that Poe held so dear to his bosom: great writing, great drama, great fine arts and the good life and all of its trappings.  Poe had intended to base the journal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and name the periodical "The Penn" which he found a clever play on words.  But when the city of brotherly love turned its back on Poe and his attempt to make good, he moved the magazine to New York and rechristened it The Stylus, alluding to the new name as another pun, this time on ancient Greek origins - as the stylus was the forerunner of the pen. 
The Stylus as Poe originally envisioned it, according to Wikipedia. Oh, what do they know?

Witty though this may have been, backers failed to come forth for the first iteration of the magazine, so Poe had the cover punched up a bit by adding a better picture and some trendy graphics (see above). Poe thought himself very clever and thought that the shiny new format would toy with the great unwashed, and that his careful selection of writings would gradually expose the common man and woman to higher aspirations. However, he failed to underestimate the American public who found him a moribund little man and couldn't fathom his raging hatred for didacticism.

Without the support of backers, or subscribers, the project failed again, failed again, and died a miserable little death before the first issue was produced.  It has been said that the failure haunted Poe until the end of his life, and beyond.

Blame it all on the Asian pornographers

Dear Reader,

As you may have relaized we are well over due for a new entry, and that will be forth coming soon.

However as you also may have observed, Asian pornographers posing as "blogger" account holders have been spamming PA's comment section and leaving fortune cookie inspired posts and links to sites in which Japanese women are victimized.

So to put an end to that, all comments hence will be screened.

Once the filthy bastards take the hint, then we'll revert to the old comment format.

Yours, anachrontically,